[ jee-oh-stey-shuh-ner-ee ]

  1. of or relating to a satellite traveling in an orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the earth's equator: at this altitude, the satellite's period of rotation, 24 hours, matches the earth's and the satellite always remains in the same spot over the earth:geostationary orbit.

Origin of geostationary

First recorded in 1960–65; geo- + stationary
  • Also ge·o·syn·chro·nous [jee-oh-sing-kruh-nuhs]. /ˌdʒi oʊˈsɪŋ krə nəs/.

Words Nearby geostationary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈsteɪʃənərɪ) /

  1. (of a satellite) in a circular equatorial orbit in which it circles the earth once per sidereal day so that it appears stationary in relation to the earth's surface: Also: geosynchronous

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